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Original MJB-Free Version of Method Man’s “You’re All I Need” Basically Sucked (Listen & Download)Posted by Nathan S. on 11/21/11 | Filed under Downloads, Rap Nerdery, Method Man, Mary J. Blige
Considering "You're All I Need" is the best duet in hip-hop history, a Grammy winner and a track that helped launch a thousand "hard rapper paired with a loyal female R&B singer tracks", it's no small question. Frankly, after listening to the original demo version of "All I Need", there's no question that without Mary this wouldn't have nearly as big of a hit, or a hit at all. Instead of the cinematic, emotional vibe MJB gave the record, the demo's beat is laced with more violent synth stabs and monologues from some forgettable soundbit chicks.
The behind the scenes story is pretty fascinating too. According to his Complex interviewTarget=_blank, Method didn't want to put out this version of "All I Need", he wanted "Release Yo Delf" to be the next single. But Meth wasn't happy with how the video came out, Lyor Cohen (at the time second in command of Def Jam under Russell Simmons) kept pressing to make this a single; he even bought Meth a Lexus to sweeten the deal. Finally Method gave the green light, they went back and recorded four different versions of the record, and the Mary J. Blige version emerged as the obvious top choice.
Boom, that's all it took to make hip-hop history. So yeah, if just one thing had gone just slightly differently...if the "Release Yo Delf" video had turned out dope...if Mary wasn't available to sing....if Lyor hadn't bought him that car....the possibilities are endless.
UPDATE: Know there's a lot going on here and people have hit me with questions, so just to clarify: The version below (with the chicks talking) was the "original". Once Def Jam decided to make it a single they took the chicks out, and that's the version that made it onto early copies of Method's Man's album; so some people consider the no chicks talking, no MJB album version the "original", even though it was technically the second version. They then recorded the MJB version (technically a "remix"), released that as the single and replaced the "original" with the "remix" on every album put out afterwards.
Follow all that?
Demo version's under the original.
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Play Method Man - You're All I Need (Demo)